We are very sorry but we have taken the decision to cancel tonight’s classes. The weather conditions are very severe, and travel is not recommended. The safest thing to do is cancel the classes. Keep warm and keep practising the fiddle! We will see you again next week.
We are now taking bookings for the Spring Half-Term which runs from Weds 21st February. There will be five weeks of tuition, but as we can’t use the school on Weds 21st March, these classes will be held on Weds 28th March instead. We are hoping to organise a social event on Weds 21st March, which will be run on a drop-in basis, but won’t be included in the course.
Stewart and Grace have been delighted with the take-up of the places and the response of the students from the first half-term. We have taken on board everybody’s feedback and will be making slight changes to the format as we go forwards. There have been many requests for more time spent on exercises and less on learning new tunes and they are very happy to oblige! So the Technique and Style classes will use the same repertoire for this half-term, with the exercises and techniques taught in the first class being used to support the learning of the tune and the stylistic considerations of the second class.
There are limited spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).
Five week course (21st Feb – 28th Mar 2018. No classes on Weds 21st Mar)
Class 1 – Technque: 18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style: 20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate; Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)
April 22 - May 20
- March 30, 2020
- March 8, 2020
- August 3, 2019
6 days ago
Hello Fiddle Schoolers! Welcome to the world of Virtual NEFS! Stewart is on the big screen (or any device you have!) and is ready to lead the Level 3 Technical class! Check your email for links to the new Resources.
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2 weeks ago
Hello everyone - we are sorry to say that we are cancelling our classes this week and next, which ends the current block. We made this decision following the government advice given last night, and the school has since cancelled external lettings too. Everyone currently enrolled has been sent an email regarding refunds, and thank you for the supportive replies so far.
We are looking forward to supporting your fiddle playing with more online resources: pdfs of worksheets, audio recordings and perhaps even some videos and live Q&A sessions! I'll send further updates soon. Plus we are making 'virtual course' plans for the next block after Easter. Happy fiddle playing 🎻 ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Just to get you in the mood before we start back at NEFS next Wednesday, here is a cracking playlist from Wil Walker's radio show on ExileFM
Level 2 learned Ballydesmond No. 2 last block - check out the amazing Julia Clifford playing Ballydesmond for a real flavour of the style. And for this block's English polkas you can't get better than the fabulous PolkaWorks! Definitely required listening - and they also play Harlequin Air which is one of your new tunes!
And a treat for all - our very own Stewart Hardy Music as one quarter of the glorious Bottle Bank Band playing their Blaydon Reels set. And there's so much more - enjoy! 😄Mashing up the trad for another week - this week’s podcast, ready to stream or download via the Media tab at exilefm.com, for one week from 18/2/20:
1. PolkaWorks - Astley's Ride/Trip to Stowmarket
2. Lisa O'Neill - Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff
3. Fidil - The Fantastic Reel Mhúineál a Bhardáil, The Merry Sisters (Reels)
4. Julia Clifford - Ballydesmond/Knocknabowl - Kerry Polkas
5. Bottle Bank Band - Blaydon Reels
6. Alan Fitzimmons & Peter Wood - London's Ordinary
7. Jack Rutter - The Lancashire Liar
8. Shelagh McDonald - Dowie Dens of Yarrow
9. Brona McVittie - Eileen Aroon
10. Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente - Uamh An Oir
11. Patterson Jordan Dipper - Adam the Poacher
12. Kathryn Tickell - Bill Charlton’s Fancy
13. Jiggy - Music for a Found Harmonium ... See MoreSee Less